Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Senate Democratic leader: Trump 'putting himself over' U.S.

Senate Democratic leader: Trump 'putting himself over' U.S.

Coats slammed the president's doubts on Moscow's role in the presidential contest and said it was clear Russian Federation was "meddling" in a rare statement contradicting a president's televised press conference.

President Trump vowed to fix torn relations with Russian Federation, arguing he would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics. "Nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet, to refuse to engage, but that would not accomplish anything".

Putin agreed, and said the two had cemented the first steps to restoring an "acceptable level of trust". They were joined by their top national security aides. Rather than make clear that interference in our elections is unacceptable, Trump instead accepted Putin's denials and cast doubt on the conclusions of our intelligence community.

The two men also discussed Syria, Iran, Crimea, Ukraine and arms control.

Trump has been criticized by members of both political parties over his Russian meddling comments. "All the more that the U.S. will host the World cup in 2026", Putin said.

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Trump had congratulated his opposite number on Russia's successful hosting of the competition, which came to a climax on Sunday a day before the Helsinki summit.

"The Cold War has ended a long time ago, the situation in the world has drastically changed". It came just three days after the special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election.

And today Putin insisted claims of such a dossier or tape that could be used as leverage were 'Utter nonsense, ' adding: 'Please disregard these issues'.

He said that he and Putin have "a lot of good things to talk about", from trade to missiles to China, and this meeting could open up "great opportunities" for both countries.

Despite the USA intelligence community's position on this, Trump on Monday said he didn't see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere in the U.S. electoral process. Trump appeared to take Putin's claim that Russian Federation was innocent at face value.

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U.S. senator, fellow Republican and 2008 presidential runner-up John McCain called the meeting "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a strongly worded statement saying there's "no question" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"This is weird and flat-out wrong", Sasse said in a statement.

Other high-profile Republicans also expressed dismay. Rosenstein said that while evidence shows the Russians were in conversations with some Americans during the time of the alleged activities, there was no evidence that the Americans knew they were talking with Russians.

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